Research in the Law School (MRes/MPhil/PhD)

1. Overview

The Law School has a reputation for high quality, innovative teaching and a strong research culture which was rated as of 'national excellence' in the last research assessment.

Current doctoral research being undertaken by our students includes the following titles:

  • "Legal regulation in the sphere of foreign investments in the Republic of Kazakhstan";
  • "ADR systems and access to justice in developing countries";
  • "Harnessing the regulatory framework for optimising environmental compliance in the hydrocarbon sector in Nigeria";
  • "The rise and fall of the right to a fair trial";
  • "Prosecuting information infrastructure criminals: Beyond borders";
  • "Building a legal regime for counteracting climate change: A comparative analysis of Scottish and Nigerian responses". 

2. What you will study

The University can offer Law research degrees in the following broad areas:

  • Legal Theory
  • Criminal Law
  • Employment Law
  • Evidence, Dispute Resolution and Arbitration
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Trade Law
  • Medical Law
  • Public International Law
  • Oil and Gas Law 
  • Environmental Law 
  • Law of the Sea 
  • Energy Law and Policy

3. Entry Requirements

A first or upper second class honours degree of a University of the United Kingdom, or degree equivalent qualification from an overseas University, subject to the approval of Robert Gordon University.

Applicants holding qualifications other than those above shall be considered on their merits and in relation to the nature and scope of the proposed research programme. Applicants will normally register for an MSc/PhD or MRes/PhD with transfer to PhD dependent on satisfactory progress. However, applicants who already possess a Masters degree which includes a significant research component could be registered directly for a PhD, subject to a satisfactory research proposal, and clear evidence of research expertise.

Any applicant whose first language or language of previous University-level instruction is not English must normally demonstrate competence in English. This should be a score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

4. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2017/2018

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £4,195 per academic year

Part-time

  • £2,520 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £13,260 per academic year

Part-time

  • £7,956 per academic year

For Academic Year 2016/2017

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £4,025 per academic year

Part-time

  • £2,435 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £12,870 per academic year

Part-time

  • £7,725 per academic year

For Academic Year 2015/2016

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,996 per academic year

Part-time

  • £2,400 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £12,400 per academic year

Part-time

  • £7,440 per academic year

For Academic Year 2014/2015

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,900 per academic year

Part-time

  • £2,340 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £12,000 per academic year

Part-time

  • £7,200 per academic year

For Academic Year 2013/2014

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,900 per academic year

Part-time

  • £2,340 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £11,000 per academic year

Part-time

  • £6,600 per academic year

For Academic Year 2012/2013

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,828 per academic year

Part-time

  • £3,828 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £3,828 per academic year

Part-time

  • £2,297 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £10,625 per academic year

Part-time

  • £6,375 per academic year

For Academic Year 2011/2012

UK/EU Students

  • £ 3,400 year full time
  • £ 2,040 year part time

International Students

  • £10,350 year full time
  • £6,210 year part time

Disclaimer

Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages

 

5. How to apply

All applications should be made via the University's application form for research students.

Completed application forms should be accompanied by:

  • Two academic references
  • A transcript or mark sheet for all graduate qualifications
  • A draft research proposal, or at least a short summary to indicate the potential area of research (Refer to Section 8 of the Application Form)
  • For applicants whose first language or language of university education is not English -Certificate of English language competency score of IELTS 6.5 in each of the four test components (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking). Students who can demonstrate successful completion of tertiary (university or college) studies in a country whose national language is English, may be exempted from this requirement

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(MRes/MPhil/PhD)

Start Date

September/January

Course Length

MRes/MPhil: Full-time-1 year; Part-time -21 months PhD: Full-time-3 years; Part-time-42 months

Mode of Attendance

Full-time

Academic School
The Law School